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Intellect vs. wisdom.

Intellect vs. wisdom.
November 08, 2013, 08:21:36 PM
Intelligence always performs a manipulation for gain. Usually personal gain, although sometimes for collective gain, but always for gain.
It might be useful to consider the concept of gain. Is gain always good? Is it always necessary?
What if the idea of gain was stepped back from, and instead, the full picture was evaluated?
By taking this, from that, what remains? Would taking it result in damage to the whole?

Wisdom, on the other hand, transcends intelligence, by being able to see, as a default, the full picture, as well as suspending the idea of gain as something that overrides any other consideration. Wisdom is able to leave things alone, while navigating in and around the way things are, while being consciously aware of causing damage in its wake.

Intelligence is more like a bull in a china shop, compared to wisdom, which is more like snow, gently settling over the landscape, adding beauty, while being generally harmless.

Wisdom is something that, once arrived at, endures forever, adding to what is, and enhancing it, without causing damage. While intelligence is short-sighted, often selfish, and very prone to result in collateral damage.


Re: Intellect vs. wisdom.
November 09, 2013, 12:24:49 PM
One doesn't need intelligence to be wise or vice versa - but the two aren't mutually exclusive either.

Wisdom knows when and how to apply intelligence - and for the most part, this means not applying intelligence at all. Intelligence isn't always needed, after all.

Still, many intelligent people make a point out of being intelligent all the time. Always thinking. Always seeing everything as a potential problem to be solved. Always trying to improve everything.

There is a danger in this: The danger of becoming an intellectual.

What's an intellectual? One who defines himself by his intellect. One who is what he is thinking. Someone seeing problems everywhere - because he needs to be intelligent. He needs to think up solutions - because that's what being intelligent is.

If the intellectual wasn't intelligent, and didn't apply his intelligence constantly, he would cease to be what he is. Simple as that.

Ego cogito, ego sum.

Wisdom, on the other hand, doesn't need to define what it is, in order to be what it is. It doesn't have to be intelligent, or anything else for that matter. Wisdom simply adapts, and make the most of any given situation. Not by 'improving' anything. Simply by sensing what's going on, and acting in an appropriate manner.

In other words: The sage doesn't need to have problems around, in order for him to be what he is, but the intellectual does. That's the main difference between being intelligent and being wise.